This Week in Rep Cinema: We Need to Talk About Kevin, Waterlife, Pom Poko, Girl Model, Crispin Hellion Glover
This Week in Rep Cinema features second run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox and more.
This Week in Rep Cinema starts on a somber note this week because one of my favourite hidden gems of the city has a countdown to shutdown, the NFB Mediatheque. Due to CBC cuts, the NFB will be reduced to a simple gallery exhibition space and the viewing stations and theatre will be shut down. You only have until September to enjoy one of the more unique facets of cinema in the city. Don't waste it.
TUESDAY APRIL 10 / WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
This divisive film had reviewers and audiences loving it and loathing it, but it absolutely left everybody unsettled by it. Based on Lionel Shriver's terrifying book, we are introduced to a mother reflecting on the difficulty she had coping with her son Kevin's antisocial and perhaps sociopathic behaviour. While she sees malice in his actions, her husband finds reasonable excuses and they grow apart until Kevin has an incident that can no longer be ignored or justified. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 / WATERLIFE / NFB MEDIATHEQUE / 4PM
Screening as part of the Free Favourites at Four program, Waterlife is definitely a contemporary Canadian classic. Part documentary, part cinematic ode, the film embraces and explores one of Canada's natural wonders, the Great Lakes. From Erie to Superior, the film shows the highs and lows of the flow of water, highlighting the effects of pollution and the influence of industry, with some great personalities along the way. The film also features the narration of Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip and some great music by Brian Eno, Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros for starters. Admission is free.
THURSDAY APRIL 12 / POM POKO / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
Aging myself slightly, I'm an adult who can remember that feeling of delight whenever Mario would don his tanuki outfit in Super Mario Bros 3. That said, Pom Poko offers that same glee with some thinly veiled criticism about suburban development. The tanuki are magic Japanese raccoon creatures who can transform into just about anything and disguise themselves as silly humans at any time. This particular group of tanuki are sick of being threatened by humans encroaching on their territory and have decided to fight back in a war to push the development away.
FRIDAY APRIL 13 / GIRL MODEL / BLOOR CINEMA / 3:30PM & 9PM
A documentary that debuted at TIFF last fall, Girl Model follows a talent scout and one of her finds, a Siberian country-girl that is sent to work in Japan. As the young model Nadya worries about earning enough money to support her family back home, her scout Ashley begins to question the corrosion of her own values and the responsibility she has over the lives of her 'finds'. Not an easy documentary to chew, Girl Model brings up some tough questions about the aggressive youthfulness of the industry.
SATURDAY APRIL 14 / CRISPIN GLOVER'S BIG SLIDE SHOW: IT IS FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
This is a strange recommendation because nobody has a clear idea about what this evening will bring. No reviewers were provided with screeners for this bizarre live-event program because Crispin Glover is uber secretive about his films and travels with them. All I can suss is that the film is about a man with CP who has strange sexual fetishes he desperately desires to enact. Regardless, the one thing that is for certain is that that $20 is a cheap price for a live-event-cum-film-screening, however, I can't promise it won't be a disturbing time.
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